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Altered States Tapes celebrates its 100th release with new compilation

Label founder Cooper Bowman has also announced the latest edition of Australia's two-city Obsidian festival

Australian experimental electronics label Altered States Tapes will mark its 100th release with a special compilation showcasing some of its core players. Called The Bottom Of The Earth To The Top Of The Wazir, the album is viewed as a cumulative statement by Altered States’ founder Cooper Bowman.

“The experience of running AST has been as much about techno/experimental cassettes as it has been supporting and being involved in a marginalised community across Australia,” he declares. “It’s made me re-evaluate my understanding of music and reinforced my initial impetus for wanting to be involved.
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The Bottom Of The Earth also includes one of Bowman’s own tracks, “Feudal Step”, which he describes as him “playing with sounds I’d associate with triphop (specifically Leslie Winer’s phenomenal Witch album) for the first, and probably last, time”.

Featuring Lucy Cliché on the compilation was a “no-brainer”, Bowman continues, declaring her to be “one of the most important live electronic artists in Australia”. You can listen to that track below. The album is released in vinyl and download formats on 8 November.

In other news the second edition of Obsidian, the joint Sydney and Melbourne festival which Bowman co-founded last year, opens in November. Starting in Melbourne on 9 November, and moving to Sydney on 16 November, the line-up features JG Biberkopf, Rings Around Saturn, WDK, Ying-Li Hooi, Makeda, Beau Wanzer, Nina Buchanan, Lucy Cliché, Debris, and more. Tickets are available from Resident Advisor.